The empirical evidence for citizen information and a local market for public goods

David Lowery, W. E. Lyons, Ruth Hoogland Dehoog, Paul Teske, Mark Schneider, Michael Mintrom, Samuel Best

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

32 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

In their 1993 article in this Review, Paul Teske, Mark Schneider, Michael Mintrom, and Samuel Best sought to establish the microfoundations for a model of a competitive market for public services between local governments in polycentric regions. An important part of their model focused on subgroups of informed citizens, especially recent movers. Theoretical analysis was supplemented by an empirical study of the factors shaping accuracy of Long Island homeowners’ information about relative expenditures and tax rates of their school districts. David Lowery, W. E. Lyons and Ruth Hoogland DeHoog criticize the relevance of this empirical evidence, suggesting the atypical nature of education as a service (especially in this site) and challenging the sufficiency of the demonstrated levels of information for generating a competitive market. Teske and his colleagues reply by pointing out the general importance of education throughout American local policymaking and by defending the relevance of their measures and conclusions for their market model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705-709
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Political Science Review
Volume89
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995

Cite this